EE Power Bar explodes

powerbar A medical student ended up being badly burned as her EE Power Bar charger exploded, and set fire to her bedroom carpet. Using her laptop to charge the device, Katy Emslie heard her charging device explode, which then fired across the room 'like a firework'.

She said that the Power Bar crashed into the wall and then charred the carpet behind it and caused a fire under her bed. The burns came from Emslie trying to extinguish the flames.

Katy said: "I was charging my EE power bar through my Mac computer overnight and at I was woken up by something which sounded like a firework. The power bar had exploded up the wall and flames began spreading around my bedroom."

"I was screaming for my mum who was in the next room, I tried patting the flames out with my hand because I was worried that the fire could spread underneath and set my bed alight. My mum came through with a towel and put out the flames while I ran through and ran my hand under the cold water tap."

"We then went to A&E where I had to keep my hand underneath a cold water tap for three hours before it was cool enough to be treated."

Katy added: "The executive office at EE phoned me up and said that they’ll be holding an internal inquiry but all I want is to have the full use of my hands back."

EE say that this is an isolated incident, with a spokesperson saying: "We’re sorry to hear about Ms. Emslie’s experience. All of our products undergo stringent safety tests. This is an isolated incident and we’re in contact with the customer to investigate the cause of this issue as a matter of urgency."


  • louise
    Mine does get really hot when being charged at a normal socket.
  • oldgit
    Fire+hands - bad idea whatever the cause. You would think that a medical student should have known that, perhaps think more of the compensation....... (and the bit about 3 hours to cool down is b*ll*cks!!)
  • Robert.
    26 year old medical student!,putting out fire with bare hands,what could go wrong?.Not sure whats more concerning this unfortunate incident or that fact that one day someones life could be in her (horribly maimed) hands.
  • StaceyNicole
    she shouldn't of left it on charge overnight. It's the same with any device that needs charging via mains. As soon as something is fully charged you should take it off charge because it can overheat and explode. It's her own fault.
  • KezG
    Whilst mine didn't explode, it did overheat and damaage my phone which is now in for repair. I won't use it again. I'd rather my phone battery died than me!

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